The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Princes St., Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2AB, United Kingdom

4 Reviews

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
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Satisfaction Excellent
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 27% more than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families91
  • Couples84
  • Solo80
  • Business83
  • Luxurious but not really


    i came to edinburgh for work and stayed at this hotel for 10 days. i should say, before i got in, i was impressed and taken by the grand look of the old front entrance, very antique, not to mention the room rate! but when i got in, the reception and lobby were small and so not unique, so the standard room.

    the building is very old, not that it brings you some historical anecdote or arouse a legend in your mind, but rather old as in 'old'.

    it's located 15-minute walk from the Royal Mile - the vibrant street of Edinburgh. compared to the small size of the town, it is a long distance. however, it overlooks Princes Street which is good for shopping and eating - though considered the most expensive. It's also located next to the Edinburgh Castle with a good view and neighbouring parks.

    room rate: £220 inc breakfast!

    bottomline, this hotel is only a brand

    Unique Quality: the usual stuff about any 5-start hotel, apart from paying for every single service you use

    business centre
    internet at room
    scottish breakfast buffet included

    Directions: go to Princes Street heading to the airport. the Hilton is located at the top corner of the street

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    The Caley


    The Caledonian (or "Caley" as it is referred to by the locals) is Edinburgh's original railway hotel. It has managed to retain much of its original grandeur without becoming over-modernised or too faded. There are big sweeping staircases, wide corridors, and large high-ceilinged rooms with chandeliers.

    We paid a bit more than we normally would to stay here (GBP130 a night, which included dinner on the first night), but were pretty pleased with it. The room was big, with a good-sized comfortable bed and a bath, and the staff were polite and helpful. The location is pretty good. Although not quite as central as some other hotels, it is very convenient for buses.

    Breakfast was excellent, with all the usual stuff plus a really good hot selection including great fried eggs (nice and runny), and black pudding, although the haggis was rather disappointing. And if you like porridge - they serve whisky with it! Just don't get seated in the overflow annex room beyond the main kitchen serving area - it is ghastly, dim, stuffy and pokey - really sub-standard (but the only negative thing about the hotel). If you get put in here, complain, or wait for a table in the main restaurant/conservatory part, which is rather nice, and was actually once part of the railway station platform area.

    We had dinner in the hotel restaurant on our first night (part of the package), and it was pretty good. The hotel bar was very friendly, and had an excellent selection of whiskies - with bar staff who seemed knowledgeable enough to guide your selection (even though none of them seemed to be Scottish).

    All round, this was a good, if slightly expensive choice, and we would certainly recomend the Caley if you can get a good deal online.

    Unique Quality: All the usual facilities you get with a Hilton in a historic, characterful building. Plus they serve whisky with your porridge at breakfast.

    Directions: About 10 minutes walk from Waverley Station at the far (west) end of Princes Street.
    You can walk most of the way through the Princes Street Gardens, which is much nicer than battling through all the crowds at the bus stops along Princes Street itself.

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    A little bit dissapointing Caledonian


    We stayed there in the middle of winter, the heating system was left broken. After we complained about the cold room, they promised to fix it asap, but during two night stay, we ended up staying in a freezing room. Food was ok, but not as good as we expected.

    Unique Quality: Great view of the castle, if you request for Castle view in advance. Great location for sightseeing, business, transpotation.

    Directions: West end of Princes Street.

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    An Edinburgh Institution


    We stayed at the 'Callie' last February, just overnight, and I was really looking forward to staying at one of the most famous hotels in the city.
    BUT.. I was really disappointed. The room was small and poky, the electricity points didn't work and I felt the breakfast was very expensive (it would have been better to go to Macdonalds across the street).
    The hotel then got the bill wrong! and it took quite a bit of correspondance to sort things out.

More about Caledonian Hilton Hotel

Okay, but not great

by TripAdvisor Member DebiDJ

We stayed at the Caledonian Hilton for four days in late September 2004. The location of the hotel is fantastic because it's central to almost everything in Edinburgh. Our room was fine, but we found the staff to be uncaring. The place simply is run like an impersonal tour bus stop. It may be rated a five star hotel, but service levels in the hotel are definitely three star.

loved it

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed at the Caledonian Hilton for 5 nights in August and were very happy with the hotel. Our room had aircondition and was one of the newly refubished ones, we slept very well there. The marble bathroom had a window and was also new. The location is really great: the airport-bus stops around the corner, shopping, oldtown and newtown are easy to reach. We had dinner in „Pompadour“ restaurant, it was exceptionally good. All employees were very, very helpful, friendly and attentive. I woud definitley stay in „The Caley“ again!

We were very pleased!

by A TripAdvisor Member

My mother, who lives in Puerto Rico, my youngest daughter and me, stayed at this wonderful hotel for one night, before we headed back to the USA! I have to say that every single person we encounter in this hotel and the people from the places we went, could not have been any nicer to all of us. The room had the most spectacular view of the Edinburgh castle and love the decor, the beautiful vase with fresh flowers,well... everything was good. The restaurant serve us good Scotish food, including haggis. My experience was one with very wonderful memories.

Thanks, Caledonian, for a super weekend!

by TripAdvisor Member prospero1b

Thoroughly enjoyed a weekend break at the Caledonian. The tone was set on arrival by the charming doorman (the best I have encountered anywhere), who saw to parking our car and arranged for our luggage to be taken directly to our room. We soon found that his caring and courteous attitude was reflected by the entire staff, who were only too anxious to please and to deliver quality service with a smile.

The rooms are palatial, with high ceilings and well-equipped bathrooms. Nice touches included a complimentary bottle of wine.

We ate at the Pompadour restaurant, where the cuisine was top class and the wine list extensive (if a little expensive). Breakfast was served in Chisholm’s restaurant, and was of extremely high quality.

The hotel is excellently situated, close to all the attractions of Edinburgh and with superb views of the Castle. It is currently undergoing a GBP 6.5 million refurbishment and will be even better when this is complete.

I would recommend the Caledonian very highly indeed. Lack of air conditioning might, however, be a problem in high summer.

Forum Posts

A Few More Final Questions

by baron1970

I will stay at Caledonian Hilton on December 20-21, for 2 nights. As I will get there by train, which train station is the closest one to our hotel? Any recommendations for the transportation from the station to the hotel?
What is a must to buy in Edinburgh?
Which scotch whisky is the favourite of the locals and a better place to collect them other than the airport?
Would you recommend renting a car to drive from Edinburgh to Nottingham?(considering the sightseeing) Or just take a train?
Any place to eat or see at night just for fun with our 4 years old daughter?
Thank you very much

Re: A Few More Final Questions

by april29

Waverly station - the main station and it is just a few blocks away. There are cabs at the station as you get off the train. You can walk but probably not with luggage and a 4 year old.

Scots drink a scotch malt and it depends on what you like. Each area has a different taste - like wines so sample some before yu buy. I like Bowmore. Last time I checked the airport was the best place to buy scotch because you avoid the VAT and other taxes. You must get it on departure of course.

Do take daughter to the castle. The guards don't wear kilts any more but they are colorful.


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 The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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Address: Princes St., Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2AB, United Kingdom